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Do you see what I see?

By Steve Hoggins This is based on an unattributed drawing from the 23 October 1892 issue of Fliegende Blätter, a German humour magazine. It was made famous by Ludwig Wittgenstein in his Philosophical Investigations For a similar session, please see: Ducks and Rabbits Resources: 2 exact copies of the duck rabbit picture. Search...

Ages: Ages 5-7 (KS1)

Subjects: Epistemology

Themes: Reality, Perception , Illusion

The Butterfly Dream

The Philosophy There is a view in philosophy known as epistemological scepticism in which it is held that we cannot know anything for certain. There are a number of arguments for why this is the case that have issued from sceptical voices over the thousands of years this has been debated. One of these arguments is known as the 'dreaming a...

Ages: Ages 11-14 (KS3), Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Epistemology

Themes: Scepticism, Reality, Knowledge

The Gruffalo (book needed)

You are going to need the book 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson for this session. The Little Brown Mouse says that she has a friend called a Gruffalo, but she knows ‘there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo’. Until, she meets one... Task Questions: Did the Little Brown Mouse tell a lie? What is lying? If...

Ages: Ages 5-7 (KS1), Ages 3-5 (EYFS)

Subjects: Metaphysics

Themes: Truth & Falsity, True, Reality, Beliefs

This is not a book!

Bring in a rectangular object, and on the front it says ‘This is not a book’. The thing is called ‘This is not a book’. So what could it be? Could it be a book? Or must it be something else? How can we find out? Task Questions: Is it a book? If it’s got pages, is it a book? If it’s not got any...

Ages: Ages 5-7 (KS1)

Subjects: Metaphysics

Themes: Classification , Reality